Festivals and carnivals

The more eccentric the festivals, the greater the fervour with which we embrace them. St George’s Day is celebrated at concerts and creative events around the country with parades, maypole dancing and thrilling enactments of St George slaying the dragon. May Day fêtes on village greens mark the start of summer. Be entertained by a Morris dancing troupe and the crowning of the May Queen. On Bonfire Night, join a parade through towns where effigies of the traitorous Guy Fawkes are held aloft and eventually burnt. Cheer as the fireworks light up the smoky November sky.

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Hear music from around the globe at WOMAD

Hear music from around the globe at WOMAD

Grab your tent and get down at the long-running World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Forests and woodlands
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Experience York’s Literature Festival

Experience York’s Literature Festival

Rub shoulders with best-selling authors as York gets all bookish.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Literature, film and TV
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Watch the Lord Mayor brand cars in the Cart Marking ceremony

Watch the Lord Mayor brand cars in the Cart Marking ceremony

From handcarts and horse-drawn carriages to steam-driven vehicles and London busses; see this parade of vehicles as they are marked with a red hot iron.

Location: London, Greater London

Festivals and carnivals
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Hear the best bands at Somerset’s world-famous arts and music festival

Hear the best bands at Somerset’s world-famous arts and music festival

Experience a weekend of music, arts and comedy at the south-west’s most iconic farm, where festival-goers have been flocking since the Seventies.

Location: Pilton, Somerset

Countryside
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Step into a midsummer night’s dream at Port Eliot Festival

Step into a midsummer night’s dream at Port Eliot Festival

Culture galore, plus the beautiful Cornish countryside make the Port Eliot Festival a truly magical summer event.

Location: Port Eliot, Cornwall

Gardens and Parks
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Get merry on local brews at the Robin Hood Beer Festival

Get merry on local brews at the Robin Hood Beer Festival

With its fine selection of food stalls, many of which offer local produce, Nottingham's Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival is a great place for foodies.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Gather your pieces-of-eight for some piratical fun

Gather your pieces-of-eight for some piratical fun

Landlubbers beware! Grab an eye-patch and a parrot and head to Brixham for an adventure on the high seas.

Location: Brixham, Devon

Family
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Make a date at the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival

Make a date at the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival

Come along to one of the biggest free food and drink events in Yorkshire. It’s a must-visit event for foodies.

Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

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Watch the best of independent film at Sundance London festival

Watch the best of independent film at Sundance London festival

Immerse yourself in a line-up of events showcasing the best of independent cinema and musical performances.

Location: London, Greater London

Culture
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Take a day out at Ramsgate’s Summer Squall arts festival

Take a day out at Ramsgate’s Summer Squall arts festival

Feel Ramsgate come alive to a fabulous festival brim-full of outstanding international and local artists.

Location: Ramsgate, Kent

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Enjoy a city Christmas festival with a difference

Enjoy a city Christmas festival with a difference

Experience the timeless beauty of Durham City as you explore the traditional Durham Christmas festival this winter.

Location: Durham City, Durham

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Take a trip to the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Take a trip to the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Take in a performance at the UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music.

Location: Huddersfield , West Yorkshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Book lovers simply can’t miss this prestigious literature event in the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Ilkley, West Yorkshire

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Listen to famous faces and discover new ones at Brisfest

Listen to famous faces and discover new ones at Brisfest

Brisfest gives you the chance to see the latest in up-and-coming musical and performing talents, and gives them their big break.

Location: Bristol

Low cost
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Soak up the night sky at Summer Nights film festival

Soak up the night sky at Summer Nights film festival

Sit under the stars and take in a blockbuster film under the watches of Wollaton Hall and its scenic parkland at the Summer Nights Film Festival.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Enter Daphne du Maurier’s world through the Fowey Festival

Enter Daphne du Maurier’s world through the Fowey Festival

Use the Fowey Festival as an opportunity to explore the town and countryside that inspired Daphne du Maurier.

Location: Fowey, Cornwall

Coast
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Get stuck into a flick at the Cornwall Film Festival

Get stuck into a flick at the Cornwall Film Festival

Get involved in a unique celebration of local and international films at the Cornwall Film Festival.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne

See opera's biggest stars hit the high notes at Glyndebourne.

Location: Lewes, East Sussex

Performing arts
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Enjoy the festive season at Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

Enjoy the festive season at Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

Worcester's Christmas Fayre is the West Midlands' leading Victorian-themed street market.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

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Party at NewcastleGateshead’s New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival

Party at NewcastleGateshead’s New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival

New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate, and the Winter Festival presents one of the biggest events across the country on New Year’s Eve.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Seasonal celebrations

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